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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) | Donna Tart
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE "The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
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janerzy
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Dark, broken, depressing… and finding meaning of art and magic in this hopelessness, and perhaps love.

Part I and V are my favorite.

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murfman
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The Goldfinch is an emotional journey for the reader. Tartt sneaks in this vested interest in the characters and ties them to us as readers. The novel culminates in one of the most furiously read and emotionally charged endings that I've come across. At times I wanted to throw it across the room, and others I refused to put it down. A fantastic read, and something different than my norm.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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IF you need something dark and long to dive into, this is my latest recommendation. But if the world feels pretty dark (not surprisingly), now isn‘t the time. I loved The Secret History decades ago and shouldn‘t have waited so long to read this one. So many genres and topics all deftly blended together. Tartt is a master of her craft.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #darkacademia

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Clwojick
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Four books finished, and starting on the tagged beast. #BigJuneReadathon

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Kshakal
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JuliaTheBookNerd I bailed on this one too! I know people seem to love it but I only made it half way by forcing myself to keep going. Not a fan 😬 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t finish this one either!! 6mo
Eggs The cover sort of repels me 😕 6mo
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jlhammar I picked this for my book club years ago after reading and loving it. A bad choice based on page count alone (I learned my lesson). Many didn't finish and it wasn't a hit with most who did. So you are definitely not alone! 6mo
TheLudicReader I know lots of people hate this one, but I loved it. 6mo
DivineDiana @TheLudicReader I Ioved it too! 5mo
cmastfalk It‘s super long. A lot could‘ve been cut. I liked it though. 5mo
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libraryofjamie
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“What if our badness and mistakes are the very thing that set our fate and bring us round to good?“

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jlhammar
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I was awed by this 771 page tome when I read it back in 2013. I haven‘t yet seen the movie. I later went on to read The Secret History which I also enjoyed. I have The Little Friend on my shelf and hope to get to it soon.

#600+Pages #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

thereadingpal It's on my list to read 6mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 6mo
Kimberlone Skip the movie, it‘s not good! The book is soooooo much better. They need to make a proper miniseries adaptation to fully encompass the book. 6mo
jlhammar @Kimberlone Good to know! 6mo
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erickahhh
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I HATED this book! It was so long and seemed to drag on. I hated the protagonist and most of the people in his life (which I think is the point). I was not interested in his life and the events that transpired. The protagonist continually made terrible life choices, had no insight into how he contributed to his own demise, and continually made poor decision. The writing style was a bit wordy and the length could have been cut down significantly

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"That maybe even if we're not always so glad to be here, it's our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open."

Cathythoughts I just watched the movie on Netflix.. it was ok , I thought. Good ok .. 8mo
loz1327 @Cathythoughts yeah the books slower to action than the film but i watched the film first so i knew there was better action to come 😂 8mo
Cathythoughts Yes I‘ve read some of the Goldfinch .. the start when it‘s set in New York. Beautiful writing , I always mean to get back to it … I didn‘t like the drug abuse scenes in the movie , very upsetting. Overall good though. 8mo
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cheesemoi
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This book genuinely saved my life in college and I‘m not even kidding. If you get to part IV of the book and feel like you want to throw it across the room, I‘m pretty sure that‘s the point. Theo‘s life stagnates there, and the book stagnates as well. It‘s meta, and it works, because you really feel what he‘s feeling in those parts of the book. IMO it‘s a top-tier read with a little bit of everything.

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AuthorCjwhitcomb
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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I'm about half way through this book and for the life of me I can't figure out how it won a Pulitzer prize.
That story itself is ok but nothing is happening
It's just a bunch of random scenes.
Maybe it will be better once I get to the end but for now ,
IT'S NOT WORTH THE READ.

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thewallflower0707
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I didn‘t expect to finish #TheGoldfinch today already, but then my train got delayed for 90 minutes, so I suddenly had a lot more times. I also made waffles 🧇 today ☺️.
The first 100 pages and the last 20 were one of the most beautiful pages ever written. The rest is very long, often still good, but it‘s also very long.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#DonnaTartt

SRWCF I loved the movie 🎬 so much! 9mo
thewallflower0707 @SRWCF It‘s on my Netflix watchlist. Although, apart from your comment, I‘ve only heard bad things about it. 9mo
Cathythoughts My copy is in #hibernation but I haven‘t forgotten it and hope I‘ll get beck to it soon ...or someday , I agree about the beautiful writing 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh it‘s a movie .... I must try and find it 9mo
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thewallflower0707
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I adore this sentence! I‘m at the part where they arrive in Las Vegas. I heard a lot of criticism about this chapter, so I hope it won‘t be too bad. So far, I really enjoyed the book 📖 🐦.

#TheGoldfinch #DonnaTartt #readingupdate #quote

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wildwoodreads
The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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I haven‘t done a big book haul in a minute and let me tell you I‘ve missed it. So today I‘m doing exactly that.

I was gifted a lot of these awesome books for Christmas. I‘m blessed with the best family and they absolutely spoiled me. Plus, I spoiled me a little too. 😂

But I think it‘s time to go on a book buying ban because I‘ve got a lot of reading to do. 😂😂

https://wildwoodreads.com/2022/01/05/my-first-book-haul-of-the-year/

readordierachel What a great stack! 11mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫📚 11mo
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kelskels25
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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"Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you."

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RaeLovesToRead
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#12booksof2021

In March, I only finished one book (I was ill around this time, sadly).

I had a love/hate relationship with The Goldfinch. On the one hand it was an exquisite work of literature, on the other an absolute slog. Donna Tartt's writing exuded quality & months later, I can still remember it.

The structure though 😐 And the several hundred pages of boring drug use 🥱

I still think it probably deserved more than the 3⭐ I gave it.

Cathythoughts I keep stopping & starting with it … but I Love it ❤️ 11mo
TrishB I think that describes my thoughts on Tartt generally. Yes her writing is beautiful, but I don‘t want to read the books as I find them a long, hard, boring slog! I gave up on them eventually! (edited) 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cathythoughts I found myself getting very annoyed with the MC's (often inconsistent, often extremely bad) behaviour. It made him difficult to root for! Still I appreciated the breadth and scale of the story and, looking back, it made an impression on me. I'm planning on reading The Secret History sometime soon 😊 11mo
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RaeLovesToRead @TrishB I had such mixed thoughts on this book... I'm so jealous of her writing and yet I couldn't wait for it to be over. The structure and flow through the novel wasn't good... every time things got interesting, he moved somewhere else... I'll give Donna Tartt another go with The Secret History and if that's a slog too, I'll give up! (Probably 😄) 11mo
Cathythoughts I really loved Secret History… couldn‘t put that one down ❤️👍🏻 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cathythoughts I enjoyed this book (see tag) and I've been told there are similarities between it and The Secret History. May be worth a look! (Although the writing isn't anywhere near as impressive) 11mo
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Paperback.Propensity
The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Such a beautiful book. Took me a while to read it, but it didn't feel like a long time. I enjoyed every bit of it. That ending really touched me. It will stay with me forever.
I plan to read her other books.

Bklover I loved this one too! Also love The Secret History. 11mo
Paperback.Propensity @Bklover The Secret History is going to be the next book of hers I read! 11mo
Bklover I think The Secret History is my favorite of hers. You‘ll have to let us know what you think! 11mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Relaxing this evening with a good book, tea, and a cozy-smelling candle.

Cathythoughts Enjoy ! I need to get back to this book , I really loved the first part I read. What a writer ❤️ 12mo
Paperback.Propensity @Cathythoughts Thank you! I am enjoying it, I want to read all her books now. 12mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate!
I got some bookmail today which I was not expecting, but I am thrilled.

Hope you all have a fantastic day ❤

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themonaisa
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“As beautiful as music is the space between notes, just as the stars are beautiful because fo the space between them, just as the sun strikes raindrops at a certain angle and throw a prison of color across the sky - so the space where I exist, and want to keep existing, and to be quiet frank I hope I die in, is exactly this middle distance: where despair struck pure otherness and created something sublime.”

Gorgeous. Ruinous. A masterpiece 💛

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themonaisa
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A true poetic masterpiece. I felt everything Theo felt: the euphoria, betrayal, pain. Beautifully written and spanning over so many years — so many pages that I feel like I‘ve grown with them. Those last few chapters highlight the beauty of life and show true character growth. “I painted this for you;” that beautiful feeling. I too felt that this art was written just for me.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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An interesting and intriguing story, I have never read anything like it!
Read for the #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021 and #ReadHarderChallenge2021. 3.75/5

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Kshakal
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I just couldn‘t get into this one! #adnf #falltreasures @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

kspenmoll Me either! 1y
fredthemoose I couldn‘t, either! 1y
majkia I got about 2/3 through and decided I was more bored than interested. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ughhh I agree! I had forgotten about this one!!! 1y
Eggs Never tried it, won‘t now for sure... 1y
cmastfalk I liked it, but it was too long. Way too long. 1y
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BirdLaVie
The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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It‘s hard to put my finger on what makes Donna Tartt so masterful, but my goodness she IS. She held my attention for all 32.5 hrs of this audiobook, which was beautifully narrated. It is exquisite how the story allows the reader to understand Theo‘s life and perspective through pure illustration and symbolism. I usually like books with sharp, clever insights but Tartt patiently paints a masterpiece, much like the Goldfinch itself ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BriannaT
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A slow burn and I have mixed feelings. Tart had a wonderful way of putting abstract feelings and fleeting thoughts into words, and can set a mood/scene with ease. When there was action, it was exciting! But, some parts of it felt superfluous and hard to get through. Sometimes I‘d see a giant paragraph of solid text without dialogue and kind of reflexively grimace. I get why it has a following, but I can also see why people put it down. I say 3/5⭐️

Cathythoughts I‘ve started this & stopped & started & stopped … 😁I do love it though 1y
BriannaT @Cathythoughts It took me awhile too, and overall I am happy I finished it! 1y
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BriannaT
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There‘s something so relaxing about reading during a thunderstorm ☺️

erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy. I loved this book. 1y
BriannaT @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! I‘m just at the beginning and it‘s basically ALL sadness right now, so I‘m interested to see where it goes from there. 1y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I listened to the audio of this book and was completely hooked. I thought the narrators did an amazing job, especially the portrayal of Boris, Theo‘s best friend. I did experience a sort of suspension of disbelief over Theo‘s “sudden” turn into a rather immoral character, but it didn‘t ruin it. I found the story engaging and the writing lovely and highly recommend it. I‘ve heard The Secret History is even better, so looking forward to that!

Cathythoughts Still reading this one , taking a break just now .. love it. Loved Secret History too ❤️ 1y
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“A goodbye at the gate , “ said Hobie. He seemed to be talking partly to himself. “ That‘s what he would have wanted. The parting glimpse, the death haiku- he wouldn‘t have liked to leave without stopping to speak to someone along the way. ‘ A tea house amid the cherry blossoms, on the way to death. “

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Cathythoughts
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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I‘ve attempted this one before ... and I don‘t know why I feel drawn to it again.. & this time it‘s pulling me in 🤞🏻 timing 🤔🤞🏻

Tamra This is one of two novels I‘ve ever despised. I think was mainly mad at myself for not bailing when I knew better. 😂 That being said, so many readers have loved it! 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra Oh dear ... I‘ll see how I go 😂! I‘ll keep you posted 👍🏻 2y
sisilia I loved it but it a slow read. However, I prefer 2y
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Cathythoughts @Tamra Do we get to know the other novel? 🤔🤔 2y
Cathythoughts @sisilia I loved Secret History too 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra Oh no ! I really enjoyed that one at the time. I wouldn‘t read it again though ... just a good passing thriller 2y
Tamra @Cathythoughts that is funny! They were just the wrong books at the wrong time for me. I should have bailed when I wasn‘t enjoying them. 2y
Ruthiella Timing is sometimes critical! Too often I make myself read a book when I should set it aside and try later. 2y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Timing is more important than I realized. For me , it‘s learning to trust my instinct , what‘s right for me ... the learning goes on 👍🏻😁 2y
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ssoward
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10/10. I know this one is controversial. It‘s definitely a bit of a slow burn, but this book was written beautifully & moved me to tears multiple times. I was deeply invested in each character & thought Tartt really highlighted the depth of human nature.

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#OppositeDay Day 4 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheKidUpstairs

I definitely felt the opposite of #love when reading this book. I know some people loved this one, but it's one of only a few books that I very strongly dislike.

TheKidUpstairs It's on my shelf. Haven't read it yet but I loved 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I couldn‘t finish it 👎🏻 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about The Goldfinch.

On the one hand, it was a highly accomplished and moving story about the destruction one tragic event can wreak, well written and exuding quality.

On the other, it was a frustratingly fragmented read, peppered with superfluous details, tedious drug use, unsatisfying plot turns and a main character that managed to be forgettable despite a well-drawn supporting cast.

I'm conflicted and also deflated.

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StaceGhost
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Wrapped up with 9 for the month, including the goldfinch (which was a chonker)🐥Also completed a challenge with the lil guy- we read for a total two hours this month! 📚No mean feat for a two year old 👼

Clare-Dragonfly My toddler has the same boots! 2y
StaceGhost @Clare-Dragonfly They‘re so cute! I feel like he needs some winter specific boots too lol but in the meantime... 2y
Texreader Awwww!! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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This is a well-written book, but it isn't grabbing me. This may just be the state of mind I'm in at the moment making me feel daunted by it's length. I can't figure out if it's me or the book. At page 350, DNF'ing isn't an option!

paulfrankspencer It ought to pick up soon. Can't quite remember, but I know it doesn't slow down. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @paulfrankspencer I hope so... it may just be my frame of mind. I'm not a quitter though! 2y
Addison_Reads I stuck this one out too because it's hard for me to bail on a book. However, it never got better for me, so I hope you can at least find something in it to enjoy before the end. 2y
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RaeLovesToRead @Addison_Reads fingers crossed... part of my issue so far is that it feels quite fragmented. Every time I get used to the characters, the story shifts. 2y
Addison_Reads @RaeLovesToRead that was a big part of my problem too. Then it just started to feel like it was too long without enough happening to hold my interest. I tried another book by this author and felt the same way. Her writing is well done, it's just not for me. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Addison_Reads I'm going to read The Secret History for PopSugar as a "dark academia" book. I'm hoping I'll enjoy it more. Often, I'll read a book and appreciate it without enjoying it at the time (A Little Life was incredible, but torture to read). I'm not sure where the Goldfinch falls yet. Every time it starts getting good, he moves somewhere else!!! 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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I'm 270 pages in and not sure how I'm feeling about it. Certainly it's a very well written book, but I don't have that compulsive urge to devour it just yet. Not sure where it's going at all. Will persevere.....

Pruzy Woohoo! Book selfies! 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Pruzy book selfies for the win!!!! (I've run out of surfaces to hold books against haha) 2y
Pruzy Time to move 😆 2y
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RaeLovesToRead @pruzy next level will be getting someone to photograph me reading "candidly" ?? 2y
Vansa I found this book overly pretentious and ..over-written. there are some sentences where Tartt seems to be channeling Dickens and not pulling it off at all.Badly needs editing.The characters are flat,and her thesis of "art saves lives" is forgotten about till the last 5 pages where she shoehorns in a thoroughly idiotic essay.The rave reviews this book got completely baffled me. 2y
batsy I agree with @Vansa ... Struggled with this one. I loved her previous two books, so this was a disappointment. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa @batsy Thanks for your thoughts! I'm kind of neutral on it at the moment. If it has a point, I've not found it yet. She makes the everyday quite engaging, but not a lot is happening and I'm struggling a little to motivate myself. It's my first Donna Tartt book. 2y
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RaeLovesToRead
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#bookspinbingo for Feb! @TheAromaofBooks
Doubt I'll have the Goldfinch finished in Feb but aiming high 😁

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mcipher
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Love this giveaway! Tagged was everyone in book club‘s favorite, even those who don‘t normally agree. #goodbyebotm @Hooked_on_books

Hooked_on_books Thanks for entering! I personally thought the Las Vegas section of this one should have been heavily edited but I otherwise liked it. And lots to chew on for book club for sure! 2y
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ErinMiller
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Overall, I liked this book. There were a few moments where it felt long, but in the end I was left wanting more. It contained interesting characters and unpredictability. There was a deepness to this book that I didn't expect when I began reading it, but it was so well written. Not a quick read, but a worthwhile read for sure.

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Rehesina
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I am posting one book a day from my extensive to be read collection. No description and no reason why I got these books. Some are really old and some are new; there are quite a few. Join the fun!

This is day 13.

#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain #Bookstagram

Vansa I found this a terribly pretentious pointless book,that was badly written.Part of it seems to be written in a dimestore Dickens fashion("he trotted up the stairs gaily", for instance) and the author seems to realise in the last few pages that the story had meandered and shoehorns in a lecture about the importance of art!My recommendation would be to remove it from your tbr ?? 2y
Rehesina @Vansa honestly, I‘ll take your word for it! I once started reading this when I was stuck on a bus and that was like 6 years ago and ever since I can‘t bring myself to pick it up again. The secret history was great, but I don‘t think I‘ll feel the same way about this and you just confirmed my vibe about it! 2y
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ErinMiller
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First book I'm reading in the new year. Recommended by a friend. It's so good so far. I'm hooked!

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RaeLovesToRead
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About to start The Goldfinch. Anyone read it? It'll be my first Donna Tartt. I've heard she's rather good..

#popsugarreadingchallenge - a book with Gold, Silver or Bronze in the title

Therewillbebooks I've read it! She's a very good writer, I had mixed feeling about the book overall but I recommend giving it a go. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Therewillbebooks Thanks... I'm looking forward to it. I've heard it's quite heavy. I'm hoping not quite as heavy as A Little Life, say. It'll be my first Donna Tartt so hopefully we'll click! 2y
Soubhiville I loved this. It‘s long, but I thought worth it. 2y
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paulfrankspencer Read it a few years back. Very well written. 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville @paulfrankspencer Thanks for your thoughts! I bought it a couple of years ago but I'm so behind on my reading!! (Comes from having far too many books) 2y
Soubhiville Never too many books!!! 2y
Tanisha_A I liked it a lot. :D 2y
RaeLovesToRead @Tanisha_A thanks 😊 looks like everyone liked it... Will prob take me a while to read but I'll post a review when I'm done! 2y
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Michellesibs
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All in all I really was absorbed in this story, I felt like i was watching a car crash of my best friends, I cared and watching their paths was painful at times but however bleak it got, I couldn't look away.

Im definitely going to read more from this author.

cathysaid Her first book is excellent! 2y
Michellesibs @cathysaid thats great to hear as I plan to read that one early next year x 2y
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crazyspine
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I enjoyed the audio version of this, and although it's long and there were at times gaps between listens, I was always able to pick it right back up and the story never felt like it dragged on too much.

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Watching The Goldfinch and working on my christmas wreath 🎄

LapReader Loved that movie. Yet to read the book. 2y
Cathythoughts I‘ve tried the book & failed ... maybe I need to try the movie 👍🏻❤️ 2y
rather_be_reading @LapReader @Cathythoughts Ive tried the book twice and failed. Movie was just as boring!! 2y
rather_be_reading @LapReader but if u liked the movie u will probably like the book 2y
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I might give it a miss 🤣 2y
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